The annual Belmullet Festival week starts on Saturday 15th August 2020 with the big Fair Day ‘Lá an Logha’ (day of indulgence) and finishes on Saturday 22nd of August with a Street Party and Fireworks.
On Wednesday 19th Heritage Day come along and enjoy our locally produced food, live music, arts and craft stalls, take a walk amongst the traditional crafts and skills on display, dance and listen to music in Carter Square. Throughout the week take part in the many water sport events, enjoy the free Family Fun or Fantasy Football, Busking and Bingo, Treasure Hunts, Seafront Funfair and many more free events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
Check out the events below as there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Family Fun Day, free event
Mike Denver playing
Explore the Shore
Town Treasure Hunt
Car Treasure Hunt
Beat on the Street (Open Disco)
For more details click on the day below:
Belmullet is one of the few towns in Ireland where the monthly fair still takes place all year round on the 15th of the month. Fair Day in August or Lá an Logha (day of indulgence), is one of the biggest. Come and meet friends, look around the stalls and enjoy the food and live music on The Square.
For stalls and information contact Mayo County Council on 097 81004
Bring a picnic, a blanket and stretch out on the grass while the kids of all ages enjoy games and bouncy castles, challenges and more.
Field behind Áras Inis Gluaire 12pm-2pm. Free event
Dance the night away with Mike Denver.
Organised and sponsored by Iorrais Aontaithe. Fantasy Football: test your football skills with a penalty competition, how fast you can kick and mini matches for ages 6-14. Erris United 086 193 7092.
5-7pm, Monday 17th August @ Páirc Beo at the Civic Centre. Free Event.
With €4,000 in cash payouts and a €1,000 Jackpot game, it is guaranteed to be a great night of Bingo!
Come along and support the Belmullet Festival’s biggest fundraiser of the year. First timers are welcome and why not bring a friend.
8pm, Monday 17th August @ Broadhaven Bay Hotel
Busking in Belmullet, Main Street, The Square & Barrack Street
Register before 12 noon in the Tourist Office to get your slot
Snorts and squeals of excitement and that’s just from the pigs! Belmullet town will be filled with excitement as punters place their bets and collect their winnings. Come along and bet on your favourite porkers.
Quay Street 7pm
This years Heritage Day is sure to be an exciting and fun packed day for all the family. Each street has a different theme with so much to see and do.
- A Taste of Mayo – Carter Square
- Main Stage – Carter Square
- Cultural & Heritage Tent – American Street
- On the Farm – American Street
- Carnival Street – Barrack Street
- Craft Street – Main Street
- Irish Tent/Puball Gaeilge – Main Street
There’s lots of workshops for young and old and you get to take home what you create, so try your hand at the pottery wheel, or weave a small keepsake to remind yourself of your time at the festival, or churn butter like they did in times gone by and take a sample home with you. There’s so many children’s activities that the kids will be spoilt for choice.
All day free event, Belmullet Town.
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Unique, traditional music session with the local Comhaltas group – Craobh Chlann Lir. Join in or sit and listen, all welcome. (097) 81079
8.30pm @ Áras Inis Gluaire 097 81079
How well do you know the town? Think you can find your way round using only cryptic clues? Then why not join theTown Treasure Hunt. Come alone or in a group and pick a fantasy name. It’s a great way to see the town in a different light. A very popular event.
3pm @ Áras Inis Gluaire (Registration beforehand). Free Event.
The competition heats up every year as the clues become more cryptic. Do you know Erris well enough to crack the clues? Cars start at Arás Inís Gluaire and follow clues round Erris. A reminder that is it for fun and the judge’s decision is final….in case you were wondering!! Cash Prize
7pm @ Áras Inis Gluaire (Registration beforehand) €10 per car
Organised by Iorrais Aontaithe.
Ducks on sale on Fair Day by Erris United 086 193 7092
7.45pm Friday 21st August @ The Belmullet Canal. Free Event
Jump in and take on the Canal Swim Challenge. Whoever completes the challenge in the fastest time wins the prize of €100. Adults start from the slip in Shore Road & Children from the pier at Quay Street.
8.30pm, Registration @ The Belmullet Canal. Free Entry
The most westerly Park Run in Europe!
Free weekly timed runs which are held all over the world. The Erris Parkrun takes you along a sweeping coastal route with views over the Atlantic. First timers and walkers welcome. To get your time, pre-register at www.parkrun.ie/erris/ to get your barcode.
9.15am Saturday 22nd August@ Cross Loop, Cross. Free Event
Registration from 12 and show commence at 1.30
Variety of Dog Classes:
(1) any variety puppy dog or bitch
(2) A/V Terrier
(3) A/V Gundog
(4) A/V toy dog
(5) Best Utility
(6) A/V Hound
(7) Best pastoral dog
(8) Best working dog
(9) A/V handled by child under 13
(10) senior handling ( lady or gents)
(11) Dog in fancy dress
(12) Veteran dog
(13) any dog that didn’t get a prize
12pm Saturday 22nd August @ Áras Inis Gluaire. €2 per Category
Dance the night away at the Belmullet Street Party with a firework display to close the 2020 festival. A spectacle not to be missed.
10.30pm @ Carter Square & The Quay. Free Event
I come back to Belmullet every year for festival week. Its a great time to catch up with friends and family and there’s always so many events on that my week is always jam packed. I love all the live music and the traditional dancing in the street. I look forward to it every year and can’t wait till August rolls around.
We brought the kids away for a week last August to Belmullet and they absolutely loved every minute of it. There was so many family events and activities for the kids to see and do and the place is so beautiful with its never ending beaches. We enjoyed our stay so much that we have already decided that were coming back again this year for the festival week.
Travelling the Wild Atlantic Way around Ireland, we took a wrong turn and ended up in Belmullet and I’m so glad we did. There was a heritage festival on when we arrived exhibiting old Ireland with all the traditional crafts and stalls. The locals were so welcoming and it such a beautiful place, that we decided to stay an extra couple of days and take in the rest of the festival. Wonderful memories!
A traditional Fair Day (Lá an Logha) has been held in Belmullet on the 15th of August for as long as the locals can remember. Every year, stalls and markets can be found all over the town and the streets overflow with people from near and far. Lá an Logha is a great time to meet returning emigrants and new visitors and there is always plenty to see and enjoy at the market stalls throughout the day.
The annual Belmullet Festival is organised around ‘Lá an Logha’ (day of indulgence) and over the years, has developed into a wonderful week of entertainment and activities for young and old, with special events for children and families.
Heritage Day is on the 19th of August and has become a very popular day. People walk amongst the street stalls to enjoy the traditional crafts and skills on display, or sample some of the many top quality food stalls offering locally produced artisan foods and drinks. Try some traditional boxty or pop in for an ‘Erris Coffee’ at the RNLI tent. With many food and drink stalls to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice. There is also a fancy dress competition with prizes for best dressed individuals and groups.
There is something for everyone to enjoy with lots of events and activities throughout the week such as a busking, pig racing, water activities, fun fair, traditional Irish music, live bands, dancing and much more. This year’s festival runs from 15th to the 22nd of August and we look forward to see you there.
The Belmullet festival is organised each year by a committee, who volunteer their time to pull it all together. If you are lucky enough to attend this year you will see the army of volunteers that make the festival possible. You will also benefit from the fundraising done throughout the year to raise the funds to make it all happen.
The community always give generously and each year the local businesses also sponsor the festival – these sponsors are listed here. We would like to thank the local community, Mayo County Council and Padraig Brogan for all the help and support they give each year, without them the festival would not be possible.
Also a special thank you to:
Ian Mc Andrew Aras Inis Gluaire, Brian Mac Suibhne Kilmore RSS and Sean Carey Belmullet RSS
If you are interested in becoming involved in the committee please get in touch or if you would like to sponsor the festival or any event you can donate here.